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Toshiba Microcontrollers Target Home Appliances and Factory Automation Systems

 January 29, 2015

High-efficiency devices enable simultaneous single-chip control of two DC brushless motors


SAN JOSE, Calif., — Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC)*, a committed leader that collaborates with technology companies to create breakthrough designs, today added two new devices to its TX04 series of microcontrollers (MCUs) based on the high-performance ARM® Cortex®-M4F processor. The TMPM470FDFG and TMPM475FDFG are designed for high-efficiency operation in home appliances, factory automation systems and industrial applications.

"In recent years, we have seen growing demand for motors in home appliances and factory automation systems to consume less power," said Deepak Mithani, senior director, Mixed-Signal Business Unit, System LSI Group at TAEC. "To achieve this objective requires improved vector control performance for highly effective motor control."

The TMPM470FDFG and TMPM475FDFG can operate at up to 120MHz, and both MCUs incorporate two modules, each containing a programmable motor driver, 12-bit AD converter and Vector Engine (VE) technology, a hardware-based vector control processor for motor control applications that offers effective motor control together with low component count and power consumption. As a result, each has the ability to provide efficient single-chip operation of two DC brushless motors simultaneously.

In addition, the TMPM475FDFG incorporates a controller area network (CAN) controller. Required for factory automation systems, the CAN controller supports a wide range of usability, from home appliances to industrial applications.

Both MCUs come housed in a 14mm x 14mm LQFP100 package with 0.5mm pitch, and each incorporates a high-speed interactive pulse width modulator, a 10-channel 16-bit timer, and direct memory access. The devices operate at 4.5 to 5.5V and feature 512KB Flash and 34KB SRAM internal memories.

Availability

Sample shipments of the TMPM470FDFG and TMPM475FDFG MCUs will commence in February, with mass production set to begin in the third quarter of calendar 2015.

*About TAEC

Through proven commitment, lasting relationships and advanced, reliable electronic components, Toshiba enables its customers to create market-leading designs. Toshiba is the heartbeat within product breakthroughs from OEMs, ODMs, CMs, VARs, distributors and fabless chip companies worldwide. A committed electronic components leader, Toshiba designs and manufactures high-quality flash memory-based storage solutions, solid state drives (SSDs), hard disk drives (HDDs), solid state hybrid drives (SSHDs), discrete devices, custom SoCs/ASICs, imaging products, microcontrollers, wireless components, mobile peripheral devices, advanced materials and medical tubes that make possible today's leading smartphones, tablets, cameras, medical devices, automotive electronics, industrial applications, enterprise solutions and more.

Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. is an independent operating company owned by Toshiba America, Inc., a subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation, Japan's largest semiconductor manufacturer and the world's sixth largest semiconductor manufacturer (Gartner, 2013 Worldwide Semiconductor Revenue, April 2014). Founded in Tokyo in 1875, Toshiba is at the heart of a global network of over 590 consolidated companies employing over 200,000 people worldwide. Visit Toshiba's web site at www.toshiba.co.jp/index.htm.

ARM and Cortex are trademarks or registered trademarks of ARM Limited in the EU and other countries.


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